Nicknamed as the “Sin City”, Las Vegas is the largest city in the state of Nevada and is popularly known as the “Entertainment Capital of the World”. It is situated in the midst of the southern Nevada desert landscape, and has mega-casino hotels, decorated lavishly, with names and themes that evoke romance, mystery and far-away destinations.
Las Vegas is a compact city with many attractions available in the central area around the Strip and downtown. Transportation options are numerous and varied, from renting cars, to hopping on to a city bus, taking a cab or riding the Las Vegas Monorail.
Shuttle Service: Shuttle services to the Strip or downtown costs less than $10, and the buses run 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Car Rentals: Renting a car in Vegas can cost on an average about $25 to $30 per day (economy car), but if you want to rent something a little more extravagant the rental rates are higher. As for driving, it’s easy to navigate around the city, as it’s laid out in a grid like format.
Buses and Charters : There are several private companies that operate buses and charters that travel to various attractions in and around the city.
Limousine Services: If one wants to see Las Vegas in style by getting chauffeured around in a Limousine, you can do so for as low as $35 an hour. The options and pricing vary depending on the vehicle and services one wants.
Public Transportation: The Public bus transportation in Las Vegas is operated by the Citizens Area Transit (CAT). There are a large number of bus routes that run throughout the area. Buses on the Strip run 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
There is also a trolley that runs through the Strip. Reasonable fares and day passes are easily available.
Taxis : Finding a taxi in town to take you around is not very difficult. Fares start at $3.30 on the meter.
The Las Vegas Monorail: The Las Vegas Monorail runs along the east side of The Strip behind the resorts.
Vegas on Foot: Even with all of the many transportation options available, one can still cover a lot more of the city on foot. There are parts of the Strip that just must be experienced on foot. Enjoy the Fremont Street Experience on foot, it is a haven for pedestrians.
The Atomic Testing Museum - Until 1992, the Nevada Test Site was the country’s primary location for testing nuclear weapons. Aboveground blasts in the early days were visible to the tourists and residents of Las Vegas. This well-maintained museum, library, and gallery space offers visitors a fascinating glance at the test site from ancient days.
Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art – The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art is a part of the Bellagio resort in Las Vegas. It is famous for world class art exhibitions held every year. The artworks displayed at the annual exhibition include objects from internationally renowned museums and private collections. Group tours are available all round the year and an audio guide is available with the tour.
Hoover Dam - Few man-made sights are more breathtaking than massive Hoover Dam. Soaring more than 70 stories (726 feet) from the bottom of Black Canyon, this highest dam in US, located east of Las Vegas. This dam was built a number of years ago to hold the waters of Colorado River and generate electricity for the region. Today, the dam is considered an ‘artistic gem’. There are tours available, which take you to the heart of the dam from the top using a 50-storey elevator.
Las Vegas Art Museum – The Las Vegas Art Museum originated back in 1950, when a small group of visionaries, dedicated to bringing fine art to Las Vegas, formed the Las Vegas Art League. In 1974, it was renamed as the Las Vegas Art Museum (LVAM), the first fine art museum in the state of Nevada. The Museum is dedicated to presenting works by emerging and internationally recognized contemporary artists.
Las Vegas Fashion Outlets Shopper’s Shuttle – A must-see tourist attraction and bargain shopper’s paradise, the Fashion Outlets offer savings on top-of-the-line designer merchandise. Fashion Outlets operates a daily Shoppers’ Shuttle from the Las Vegas Strip. A round-trip fare is only $15.00 and includes a complimentary Savings Book with more than $800 in savings at participating stores.
Las Vegas Natural History Museum – The Las Vegas Natural History Museum is a private, non-profit institution which is dedicated to educating children and families about the natural sciences, both past and present. Through its interactive exhibits, educational programs and the preservation of its collections, the Museum strives to instill a sense of understanding and appreciation of the world’s wildlife, ecosystems and cultures in people.